Mindfulness for Everyday Life: The Basics

Calling all beginning meditators!

This is a 4 week series intro­du­cing basic med­it­at­ors into dif­fer­ent philo­sophies of med­it­a­tion:

Week 1: Basics of Meditation, the body scan + home­work
Week 2: Mindful Awareness of Thought — a CBT approach to Mindfulness + home­work
Week 3: Mindful Awareness of Self — self-com­pas­sion + home­work
Week 4: Mindful Listening to Self and Other using pre­vi­ous con­cepts and clos­ing con­cepts

You should come away from this work­shop with:

  1. An aware­ness of how to med­it­ate
  2. An appre­ci­ation of what is the way to expand your aware­ness of your­self in the world
  3. The tools to start to expand your own daily prac­tices

What to bring:

  1. Water
  2. A journ­al
  3. A blanket
  4. Comfortable cloth­ing

Dates: Tuesday even­ings; November 1, 8, 15, and 22
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $200 +HST
Location: ellephysio
232 South Service Rd, Unit A
Oakville, ONL6J 2X5

Interested? Email info@draoife.com or call 9058496730 to reserve your spot!

Searching for Inner Peace?

Three years ago I embarked on a jour­ney.

Burned out from prac­tice and the emo­tion­al toll of run­ning my own busi­ness and being present for people when they are sick and stressed star­ted to have its effect on me, phys­ic­ally and emo­tion­ally. I was tired, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morn­ing, and I was eas­ily over­whelmed when people were ask­ing me to do some­thing for them. Sometimes being around cer­tain indi­vidu­als was put­ting me out of sync.

Like so many oth­er jour­neys in my life without true under­stand­ing, I felt called to explore mind­ful­ness and med­it­a­tion. I read the book “When things fall apart” by the bril­liant Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, and was imme­di­ately attrac­ted to her humour, hon­esty, and self-aware­ness. I felt like I could relate to her struggles for self-own­er­ship, emo­tion­al reg­u­la­tion, and just want­ing to be calm with­in her­self.

I decided to enrol in an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate with the University of Toronto, because not raised Buddhist and a little wary of all things woo-woo, I was encour­aged to see that they were dis­cuss­ing the sci­entif­ic bene­fits I also thought poten­tially that I could under­stand with oth­er like-minded people. I thought per­haps this would help my patients to feel calmer if I could teach them the tech­niques I learned.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the bene­fits that came from a mind­ful way of liv­ing were mine to own first. Of course, a teach­er must be a stu­dent and so I found the bene­fits enabled me to be:

  1. Calmer and less react­ive in the face of stressors, espe­cially unex­pec­ted ones
  2. Kinder to myself, and oth­ers
  3. More under­stand­ing of myself and oth­ers
  4. More aware of my thoughts, body sen­sa­tions, and emo­tions in my body
  5. More equipped to deal with the chan­ging thoughts, body sen­sa­tions, and emo­tions that our body con­tinu­ally cycle through with­in every day, hour, and minute
  6. Aware that I was not alone in this struggle for self-peace
  7. Connected to a large com­munity of caring indi­vidu­als, who I real­ized were just the human race, around us all the time.

Truly, my exper­i­ence with mind­ful­ness and med­it­a­tion was life-chan­ging. I am now more patient with myself (and as a per­fec­tion­ist, that’s a ser­i­ously big deal), more accept­ing, aware, and curi­ous. I’m par­ti­cip­at­ing in the ebb and flow of life. The phrase “this, too, shall pass” really star­ted to make sense.

Was it easy? Heck, no. The best things in life are nev­er easy.

It’s my turn to give back now, and hon­our the guid­ance of my teach­ers in the last sev­er­al years, and those that con­tin­ue to inspire and guide me to this peace­ful way of life.

Join me in my mind­ful­ness series this sum­mer begin­ning July 14. If you think you’d love to, but aren’t around until the fall, keep check­ing in for my fall series begin­ning the third week of September.

I prom­ise you, it’s life-chan­ging.

Mindfulness for Daily Life: An introduction

This class is an in-house class to help true begin­ners learn about what it means to be mind­ful, and how to incor­por­ate mind­ful activ­it­ies into your daily lives.

Time: Weekly for 4 weeks from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, begin­ning July 142016.
Cost: $275 +HST for 4 ses­sions.
What: We will be learn­ing about mind­ful­ness, by med­it­at­ing, out­side walk­ing, journ­al­ing, dood­ling, you name it!
What you should wear: Something com­fort­able with socks and a small blanket or a sweat­er as some­times sit­ting can get you cold.
What can you bring: A will­ing­ness to learn and an open mind!
What you will get: 4 weeks of guided instruc­tion, includ­ing handouts, and just a little bit of home­work.
How to pay: Go to Eventbrite tick­et page here

This is a first-come-first-served class. Limit of 8 spaces, so book early. Refund details will be avail­able at time of pur­chase.